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The Age Of Radiance

Simon and Schuster

We've had decidedly mixed feelings about atomic energy through the decades.  The discovery of x-rays in the 19th century gave us brand-new ways to help heal broken bodies.

But then, too much exposure to x-rays or any other radiation can also lead to broken or even dead bodies.  Atomic energy can power our cities or blow them up. 

Author Craig Nelson walks us through the history of our relationship to the atom in his book "The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era."  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.